All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Published by Macmillan Children's
28th January 2016
"My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl's sport, but it's not. It's armour."
Kellan Turner is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. But when she speaks up, she is branded a liar. Telling the truth has cost her everything, because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town.
But when news of Kellan assaulting another girl gets out, the cost of staying silent might be more than Romy can bear.
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All The Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.
When she accuses Kellan Turner, the sheriff's son of rape, Romy Grey's world fall aparts. For a start, no one believes her, so she looses not only her friends but is then continually bullied at school. Her ways of coping are to make sure that firstly she looks like she is in control, her second is the solace she finds in the diner where she works, situated outside of town, so that she can remain anonymous.
After an annual school party, Penny, Romy's former best friend disappears. To make matters worse, she had a row with Romy only hours before she vanished, and Romy seems to have gotten incredibly drunk and cannot remember anything of the night before, especially when she wakes up on a roadside miles from where the party was being held.
Does Kellan have anything to do with Penny's disappearance? If he does, how on earth can Romy convince anyone that this is the case, especially as no one believes anything she says.
This is a great YA novel. It is dark and sad in parts, particularly as this is not a pleasant topic of discussion but it is important that it is written about, and I think Courtney Summers has done a great job.